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How to improve the police in Rio de Janeiro

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Every time Rio de Janeiro’s public security gets on the news, the spectator’s impression is that of watching an immense “Seven errors game”. It is no secret that the state that once housed the country’s capital has a chronic problem with drug trafficking, which has dominated the region’s main communities and prisons for decades. But it is necessary to add to this account the problem of police corruption and the lack of adequate protection and training for the police, which are among the ones that kill the most and die in the country.

Whenever the subject is discussed, a lot of clichés arise: on the one hand, who thinks the police is always right. On the other, who thinks it has to end. It is impossible to have a decent conversation about public safety without understanding how Rio arrived in this scenario. From there, one can think: how to improve the police in Rio de Janeiro? Today’s guest is Leandro Piquet, coordinator of the School of Multidimensional Security at the University of São Paulo.

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